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  Doc Martin

Martin Clunes has returned to Cornwall to play the nation’s favourite grumpy medic in a brand new series of Doc Martin for ITV.

Filming begins this week with Martin Clunes starring as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, in eight new episodes of the hugely successful drama produced by Buffalo Pictures, and set in the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall.

Picturesque Port Isaac provides the beautiful backdrop for the popular series, with all regular members of the cast reprising their roles.

Caroline Catz plays Doc Martin’s wife, Louisa Ellingham, who has resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling.

Returning to this ninth series, Dame Eileen Atkins plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth. Ian McNeice is back to play Bert Large, with Joe Absolom as his son Al. John Marquez is PC Joe Penhale, Jessica Ransom is the doctor’s receptionist Morwenna Newcross and Selina Cadell is pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

Jason Donovan’s Daughter

Jason Donovan’s daughter is heading for her father’s old town of Erinsborough.

18-year-old Jemma Donovan has landed herself a role in Neighbours, the veteran Australian soap in which her father made his name.

She will play the role of Harlow Robinson, described as a ‘quick-witted and complicated character’ by series bosses.

Donovan famously played Scott Robinson, who married Kylie Minogue’s Charlene Mitchell in the show, from 1986 to 1989, in over 500 episodes.

“Neighbours is an incredible learning curve for any young actor. It’s become an institution and I’m so grateful for my time on Ramsay Street,” Donovan said.

“There are so many great memories for me looking back, and to be honest this is Jemma’s moment.”

Jemma added: “I was so happy and very honoured to be a part of a series which has been enjoyed by generations.

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“The timing was also perfect because since my previous role on Spotless in 2015, I stopped going to auditions and acting because I wanted to finish my schooling, get my A levels and see what I wanted to do after that so it’s great how everything has fallen into place.”

Jemma will be the third generation of the Donovan family to appear in the soap.

As well as her dad, her grandfather Terence Donovan played Doug Willis in the show from 1990 to his last episode in 2016.


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